This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and Welch’s.
Once upon a time, a family that was made up of Jews, Christians, Atheists and Agnostics created a new holiday of sorts and named it Chrismukah. And I can assure you, the Mintz/Martell/Boye/Resudek family was celebrating it far before Seth Cohen made the holiday a household name on The O.C.
Oh, no, we have been lighting menorahs while drinking egg nog (only I would never drink egg nog…because GROSS) and hanging dreidel ornaments on the tree since before Seth Cohen had any emo tendencies. In fact, historically, the holiday has been around since the 1800s when it was referred to as “Weihnukkah,” because Weihnachten is the German word for Christmas. (That’s your history lesson for today, folks. You can thank me later.)
So, it would an understatement to tell you that our family is unconventional, and we are always creating new holiday traditions. Every year we all come together. We light candles. We open presents (on December 27th). We have carolers come over to sing. We wrap our gifts inÂ HanukkahÂ paper and put them under a Christmas tree. It’s different, to say the least. But, to me, it’s nothing short of fantastic. It’s the only time of the year that we are all together. All of my siblings. All of the cousins. Everyone. We spend many days stuffing our faces with cheesecake and pumpkin pie and chocolate mousse cake and green and red peanut m&ms. We do touristy stuff. We spend days playing Rock Band in our pajamas. We build gingerbread houses and decorate them with Hanukkah candy.
We make memories.
We create traditions.
The folks at Welch’s know that there are many types of families out there. They know that every family celebrates differently. But there’s one thing that seems to be universal…when families get together, they create memories and traditions. And they have a line of sparkling juices that can make any occasion a little more personal, a little more exciting. They have recipes for drinks like The Holiday Toasting Cup, The Sparkling Holiday Punch,Â The Sparkling CranberryÂ Spritzer, and The Sparkling Cranberry Punch. These are all super easy to make, and are all sure to add a little something something to your holiday festivities.
Personally, this Chrismukah, I’m hoping to try this little ditty out on my family:
Spiced Grape Punch
- 2 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 whole allspice
- 3 cans (6 oz. each) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 2 bottles Welch’s Sparkling White Grape Juice Cocktail, chilled
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- In a medium saucepan, heat water, cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice to boiling. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Strain; discard spices. Cool. Just before serving, fill punch bowl half way with ice cubes. Pour in cooled spice mixture, lemonade concentrate and Sparkling White Grape Juice Cocktail. Float lemon slices on top. Makes about 25 servings.
See? SO EASY!
So…what do the holidays look like in your family? What do you celebrate? How do you celebrate? Would you try making one of these new drinks? Which one would you like to try???
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